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Atlanta City Council considers making Peachtree Street car-free on Sundays

Atlanta City Council legislation would close a stretch of Peachtree Street on Sunday afternoons to drivers and open up the road for people to bike, walk and skate.
Atlanta City Council legislation would close a stretch of Peachtree Street on Sunday afternoons to drivers and open up the road for people to bike, walk and skate.
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District 2 Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi says Atlanta is full of life and love and people wanting to experience the city in a new way: on bike and foot, patronizing local businesses.

Farokhi is one of several councilmembers who are in support of newly proposed legislation that, if passed, would close a stretch of Peachtree Street on Sundays to drivers and open up the road for people to bike, walk and skate.

On Friday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Farokhi told program host Rose Scott that the partial street closure, approximately starting near Woodruff Park all the way down to the High Museum, builds and expands Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Atlanta Streets Alive initiative to a weekly occurrence.

“Streets are for everyone, streets should be safe whether you are walking, biking, in a car, getting off the bus, and as we revision and tweak what it means to move around Atlanta, thinking about streets in this way is a useful tool,” explained Farokhi.

During the conversation, Farokhi also discussed his proposed legislation to create a “night mayor” position that would oversee nightlife initiatives in Atlanta.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.